Authors

P Baker

Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

1995

Journal

Journal Of Shellfish Research

Volume

14

Issue

2

First Page

501

Last Page

518

Abstract

The Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida,is a small bivalve mollusk species native to the western United States and Canada. It was commercially important in the late 19th century, and was cultured in Washington State until a near-collapse of the industry in the 1950s. Since then it has made a minor commercial comeback, but has been largely superseded by the introduced Crassostrea gigas. Most significant literature dates from prior to the collapse of the industry in the 1950s, and much of this is comprised of state or federal agency reports, or similar obscure literature formats. This document is divided into 2 parts; a review of all important literature to date on the distribution, biology, ecology, taxonomy, and commercial exploitation of O. lurida; and an annotated bibliography of known literature pertaining to O. lurida.

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